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Tea party plans lawsuit challenging Braves deal with Cobb County

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The Atlanta Tea Party is planning to file a lawsuit challenging the Braves stadium deal with Cobb County.

Debbie Dooley, founder of the Atlanta Tea Party, said that her group is challenging the county's use of public money to help build and maintain the new $672 million. The stadium, along with an adjacent $400 million mixed-use development, is scheduled to be constructed near I-75 and I-285 in Cobb County in time for the 2017 season. Under the terms of the agreement, the county is responsible for about 45 percent -- $300 million -- of the stadium costs.

"They could have avoided all of this by doing it the right way," Dooley said. "They chose not to. They thought that they would catch everyone sleeping."

A Cobb County spokesman told FOX 5 that there will not be a comment until a lawsuit is filed.

Dooley said a legal complaint -- with Cobb taxpayers named as plaintiffs -- could be filed in the next 10 to 14 days. She argues that, with the stadium deal, the county has opened the door for more government-to-business incentives.

FOX 5 reported on Tuesday that The Weather Channel has requested tax breaks for expansion of its headquarters in Cobb County.

"I don't blame them for wanting their fair share of the pie," Dooley said. "I don't blame them at all. A Pandora's Box has been opened."

Cobb County officials have said the county's investment in the Braves stadium will lead to more development and jobs and increased tax revenue for the county.

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